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March 4, 2010

Microsoft & the Cloud

Today at the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Steve Ballmer spoke to students about Microsoft and cloud services. You can watch his speech on-demand below.

As Steve mentions, at Microsoft we’re “all in” for the cloud– including Windows. We have Windows Azure, a platform and environment for creating applications and services for the cloud. And we also have Windows Live ID as an identity and authentication system – which today represents 460 million users! Speaking of Windows Live, I suggest reading the posts on Inside Windows Live from members of the Windows Live engineering team. Their posts offer some great insight into the work being done in supporting the massive scale of many of the Windows Live products and services including Messenger and Hotmail.

For more information on cloud services from Microsoft, I suggest checking out our new Cloud website. This post from Daniel Read on the Official Microsoft Blog is also worth reading as well. Daniel is the Corporate Vice President for Technology Strategy and Policy and the Extreme Computing Group.